The CARD (Children Awaiting Resolution and Disposition) Trend Analysis graph provides a count of children who have remained in an acute psychiatric hospital or Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) program beyond medical necessity; on the last day of each month, since April of 2004. For some children, a discharge plan may be in progress; in other cases, it may be in the child's best interest to remain in an acute care hospital or other treatment center until an appropriate discharge placement is available. Nonetheless, a trend analysis reveals that left unchecked, the number of children awaiting resolution and disposition would have continued to increase over time (green line).

The Department of Children and Families is committed to reducing the number of youth awaiting discharge. Case managers across state government are working closely with clinical staff at hospitals and community-based treatment centers to design individualized, comprehensive disposition plans that prioritize personal safety and the availability of appropriate support services for each youth. Toward this end, a significant reduction in the number of children awaiting resolution and disposition has been evident since the Spring of 2007 (red line).

CARD Trend Analysis

This information is provided by the Department of Children and Families.